Chow Town

A Festival of Food from Chicago’s Own

Curated by Chicago’s own celebrity chef Graham Elliot, Chow Town offers the most delicious festival food, drinks and sweets from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants.

Far from turkey legs and funnel cake, Chow Town offers food for everyone, including Lobster Corndogs, Spicy Mongolian Beef Baos, artisan sandwiches, burgers, smoothies, ice creams and a variety of Chicago-style hot dogs and pizzas.

Scroll down for the full 2014 rundown on menu items, links and more. Also, + each of your favs to MyLolla so you can stay informed with any updates or offers.

Have questions? Write foodcourt@lollapalooza.com.



Bar Toma

Bar Toma
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Bar Toma is a regional Italian restaurant from Chef Tony Mantuano. The warm, welcoming restaurant features housemade pastas, shareable antipasti, entrees, and pizzas from an imported Italian wood-burning oven. Approachable and accessible, Bar Toma offers traditional Italian recipes created in a contemporary fashion by Executive Chef Erik Freeberg, paired with Italian wines, cocktails and beers.

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Big Fork Brands

Big Fork Brands
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Big Fork Brands specializes in hand-crafted, artisan sausages, made in Chicago, using all-natural pork and nitrate-free, hardwood smoked bacon. We use hogs that are vegetarian fed and raised in the Midwest. It’s our belief that using simple and pure ingredients like sea salt and brown sugar makes the best tasting sausage, and bacon makes it even better. Flavors: Hickory & Applewood Bacon Sausage, Cracked Black Pepper Bacon Sausage, Aged Cheddar Bacon Sausage, Maple & Brown Sugar Bacon Sausage, Portobello Mushroom Bacon Sausage, Chicken Bacon Sausage, and Spicy 3 Chili Pepper Bacon Sausage.

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Billy Goat Tavern & Grill

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill
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Home of the Original Chicago Burger, The World Famous Billy Goat Tavern has been serving up its “Cheezborgers!” to Chicagoans and patrons worldwide since 1934. A Chicago institution for 80 years the Tavern has been spotlighted in numerous newspaper columns from the legendary writings of the late Mike Royko, highlighting its colorful history and the people who have frequented the Tavern over these many years. From the Famous Billy Goat Curse to the inspiration behind the SNL “Cheezborger!” skit, the Billy Goat Tavern has become a Chicago Landmark and a World Famous destination for people worldwide to visit.

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BJ's Market & Bakery

BJ's Market & Bakery
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BJ’s Market & Bakery opened its doors in 1997. There are currently locations at 8734 South Stony Island Avenue, 1156 West 79th Street, and at O’Hare Airport. BJ’s Market combines a casual, upscale atmosphere, exceptional customer service, and comfort food. We serve quality food at moderate prices to give our customers a healthy home meal replacement alternative. We offer smoked chicken, catfish, greens, mashed potatoes and many other popular Southern/comfort foods. BJ’s Market & Bakery offers sit-down, carry-out and catering services. Let us do the cooking!

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Burrito Beach

Burrito Beach
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Founded in 1995, Burrito Beach is a locally owned and operated 6 unit group of fast casual Mexican restaurants. With 5 locations in downtown Chicago, and one at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Burrito Beach serves thousands of custom made burritos, tacos, and salads every day. The focus is on high quality, fresh, and healthful ingredients: Grass Fed Beef Barbacoa; All Natural Chicken; Quinoa Salad; Veggie Chili; and award winning Guacamole. It is a 19-year-old, growing, local concept, founded and owned by lifelong Chicagoan Greg Schulson.

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Cheesie's

Cheesie's
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Since 2011, Cheesie’s has offered the most inventive and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches in Chicago. Recently voted “Best in America” by Esquire magazine, we guarantee our perfect mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches will be better than any you’ve ever had! Just don’t tell mom…

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Chubby Wieners

Chubby Wieners
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In 2005 the Fourkas brothers got the BIG idea to open up a hot dog stand, but not just any hot dog stand, they decided to open…THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! The Master Plan: Combine the freshest ingredients with an uncompromising approach to quality and taste. The Result: THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! CHUBBY WIENERS is re-defining what Chicago-Style food is all about. Try CHUBBY WIENERS yourself, and let it be known, CHUBBY WIENERS IS…THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! Mu-hahaha, Mu-hahahahaha.

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Connie's Pizza

Connie's Pizza
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Jim Stolfe traded his prized Oldsmobile Starfire to open the first Connie’s Pizza in a small storefront on the South Side of Chicago. As years have gone by, we have opened new restaurants and expanded into frozen foods. Connie’s is still family owned and committed to quality and service.

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County Barbeque

County Barbeque
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Located on Taylor St., in Chicago’s Little Italy corridor, County Barbeque is a collaboration between David Morton and Michael Kornick of DMK Restaurants and Erick Williams, Executive Chef at MK Restaurant in Chicago. County Barbeque’s menu highlights Chef Williams’ lifelong passion for barbeque, from its history to its regions. Go slow and enjoy the finest selection of American Whiskies in the Midwest and American craft beers by the glass or pitcher. County Barbeque is a proud recipient of a Bib Gourmand designation by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle (2014).

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Daily Greens

Daily Greens
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Daily Greens™ is an Austin-based, cold-pressed, green juice company. We are committed to creating pure, healthy, and delicious organic green juices. Our line consists of six flavors of green juice and one hemp milk. Six pounds of fresh organic produce are cold-pressed into each bottle, the equivalent of nine USDA servings of vegetables and fruits. Daily Greens™ was conceived from Founder Shauna Martin’s passion for green juice and its health benefits following her battle with breast cancer. A portion of Daily Greens™’ sales are donated to organizations that assist young women battling breast cancer.

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Dia De Los Tamales

Dia De Los Tamales
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Dia De Los Tamales are the creators of revolutionary tamales. Starting from the viewpoint of making good food for good people, our tamales are all made-from-scratch in the heart of Chicago. We’ve taken tamales and flipped them on their head to bring you delicious combinations that will put a smile on your face. We offer our best options at festivals and carry even more mind-bending tamale options at our storefront in Chicago.

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Edzo's Burger Shop

Edzo's Burger Shop
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Freshly-ground burgers, hand cut fries, and great shakes! Edzo’s opened in Evanston in 2009 and in Lincoln Park in 2012. Named among Top 25 Burgers in the US by USA Today and Best Burger at Lollapalooza 2013 by the Chicago Trib.

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Franco's Ristorante

Franco's Ristorante
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We’re the little place with big taste! Franco’s is a family owned Italian restaurant and a Chicago favorite for more than 25 years. We’re from Italy, so we know how to cook, eat, and enjoy life. Sharing our fresh, authentic, handmade food with you is our greatest joy. We have been a proud vendor in Taste of Chicago, the nation’s premier outdoor food festival since 1989. We specialize in homemade Italian lemon ice and creamy gelato. We love being a part of the summertime festivals that showcase our wonderful city.

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Franks 'n' Dawgs

Franks 'n' Dawgs
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Don’t be fooled by the name, Franks ‘n’ Dawgs isn’t exactly your typical hot dog joint! Their house made artisanal sausages use only locally-raised, free-range meats before being dressed with creative, housemade accoutrements to become tasty morsels of exquisite beauty. Employing only culinary trained fine dining refugee cooks, Franks ‘n’ Dawgs has successfully elevated the humble hot dog to the level of fine dining. 14 TV appearances & multiple awards are testament to the impact Franks ‘n’ Dawgs has made on the Chicago landscape. Whether it’s their sausages, their award-winning sides, they’re proving dining well doesn’t mean spending big.

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Gale's Root Beer

Gale's Root Beer
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Gale Gand is a James Beard-award winning pastry chef, author of eight cookbooks, and founder of Chicago’s Tru Restaurant. Her latest project, Spritz Burger, features her upscale takes on classic desserts. Gale also hand-makes the flavor base for the root beer that bears her name. For Lollapalooza, Gale is teaming up with the folks behind Edzo’s Burger Shop to create an exclusive-to-Lollapalooza pop-up root beer float stand.

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Goose Island Brewpubs

Goose Island Brewpubs
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Located in the heart of bustling Lincoln Park, our Clybourn Brewery is the perfect spot to sample all our specialty beers. Since 1988, Goose Island has consistently brewed Chicago’s finest hand-crafted ales and lagers. Our brewers produce an unmatched variety of seasonal brews, with over 20 drafts to choose from every day. And not only can you sample our award-winning beers, we also serve outstanding lunch and dinner selections. Try our famous Stilton burger, or choose from a variety of beer food, fresh salads, small plates and more.

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Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot
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Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef, television personality, and one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. Along with being a judge alongside Gordon Ramsay on FOX’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior for the past five seasons, the two Michelin stars chef also owns Graham Elliot Bistro, Primary Food & Drink, and is the Culinary Director of the Lollapalooza music festival. Graham resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner, Allie, and his three boys, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah.

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Gyro Cafe

Gyro Cafe
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Gyro Cafe is excited to bring hot, fresh, and delicious gyros to Lollapalooza 2014! Gyro Cafe is the newest branch of our hit-the-spot festival concessions. With 10 years of experience in the industry, we strive to bring exciting food trends, fresh ingredients, and delicious food to every event. Our experienced culinary team has traveled the country cooking and tasting local favorites and adding our own unique twist! Formally operating as Olde Town Smokehouse and Fajita Rita’s, we strive to change up our menu, keep our options unique and in line with current taste. We have been meeting the needs of musicians and festival goers since 2009. Gyro Cafe’s goal is to provide delicious Greek gyro’s with fresh, local ingredients. Our selection includes our famous gyro’s available with beef, chicken, or vegetarian. We will also be serving up hummus and seasoned Greek fries.

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Harris Ice

Harris Ice
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Harris Ice is the only minority owned and operated ice manufacturing and distribution company in the United States. Harris Ice is the maker of block, cube, and snow ice. Harris uses the best filtration systems and cooling methods to ensure that his ice enhances whatever flavors are added when referring to our famous sno-cones. We look forward to serving and meeting your cooling-off needs at Lollapalooza 2014.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are intensely flavorful and handmade with grass-grazed milk, Ohio wildflower honey, herbs, whole fruits and vegetables, and an array of carefully sourced ingredients from around the world. Fair-Trade-Certified ingredients are used in year-round flavors include vanilla, cocoa, and bean-to-bar chocolate. They are offered in a variety of inventive year-round and limited-edition flavors. Jeni’s also makes sorbets and frozen yogurts that are as flavorful as every ice cream on the menu.

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Kamehachi

Kamehachi
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Family-owned for three generations, Kamehachi has been serving expertly-made sushi and Japanese food for more than 46 years. Meticulously-crafted and high-quality ingredients have earned Kamehachi its reputation as a time-honored tradition in Chicago and the suburbs. Recently relocated to an upscale space in Old Town, Kamehachi continues to provide the freshest traditional sushi, grilled seafood, teriyaki, noodles, tempura, and a wide variety of maki and sashimi that is sure to please the sushi novice or aficionado. Kamehachi strives each day to honor the values and traditions that established it as “Chicago’s Original Sushi Bar Since 1967”.

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La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe Coffee Roasters
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La Colombe is a coffee roaster dedicated to offering the finest certified coffees as part of the culinary experience, where authenticity and taste trump novelty. Visit us at one of our cafes across the country; locally we are located in the West Loop and Wicker Park Bucktown.

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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
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Lou Malnati’s is famous for its authentic pizza in the pan. For more than 40 years, this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving legendary Chicago style pizza to pizza lovers near and far. Each pizza is handmade from scratch with ingredients that can’t be matched. When you take a bite of Lou’s deep dish masterpiece, you are taking a bite out of Chicago history. Enjoy!

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MBURGER

MBURGER
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For the past 4 years, MBURGER has been popping up all over Chicago, blanketing the city with quick locally sourced, naturally raised, and environmentally conscious meals. Our convenient downtown locations take on the mood and the personality of our surroundings. Our food, our energy, and our philosophy have made MBURGER synonymous with both delicious grab-and-go burgers and ecological responsibility. We serve the best Midwestern Black Angus beef and nestle it in a fresh bun, on fresh lettuce, onions, pickles, and under melted sharp American cheese. Our signature sweet-and-tangy sauce brings all those elements together and makes them unforgettable.

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Original Rainbow Cone

Original Rainbow Cone
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Original Rainbow Cone has been a Southside Chicago destination for 88 years, all because of its signature cone made from chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio, and orange sherbet ice cream. It’s the oldest family-owned ice cream parlor in the city of Chicago, still found at its original location of 92nd and Western.

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Peeled Juice Bar

Peeled Juice Bar
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Peeled Juice Bar is on a mission to provide local communities with natural juices, smoothies, as well as various snack options, and popsicles in the summers. We are vegan/vegetarian friendly and work hard to keep those around us healthy and happy. We are currently in service in two locations in Illinois; Evanston and Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Stop in any day of the week, we are open Monday through Friday, from 8am-8pm.

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Robinson's No. 1 Ribs

Robinson's No. 1 Ribs
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Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs was opened after Charlie Robinson won the Mike Royko Rib Challenge in Chicago in 1982, beating over 400 other contestants. Continuing demand for the “best ribs in town” led Robinson’s to incorporate in 1983. Our special seasoning and slow smoking with Hickory wood is the key to our ribs and pulled pork, then adding our 200 year old award winning BBQ Sauce. We are regular favorites at many Chicago event venues and summer festivals. Come taste why we were chosen Chicago’s No. 1 barbecue almost 30 years ago.

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Sausage Haus

Sausage Haus
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The LandShark Beer Garden, on the East End of Navy Pier, is a great place to unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands. Residents and visitors, alike, will enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, surrounded by the unique personality of Navy Pier and the Chicago Skyline. Headlined by its signature LandShark Lager, the beverage menu features imports, microbrews, and domestic beers as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks. For guests craving a quick bite, the quick-service walk-up window will offer summer favorites including homemade pizza, brats soaked in LandShark Lager, burgers, and more.

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Shadetree Lemon Made Lemonade

Shadetree Lemon Made Lemonade
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SHADETREE LEMONADE is the evolution and re-branding of twelve year’s experience selling fresh squeezed lemonade and limeade at festivals. Since 2006, SHADETREE LEMONADE, formerly “Best Lemonade”, has delivered the freshest quality beverages to festival-goers at Lollapalooza. So we thank you! And we look forward to launching our brand new, fresh squeezed vision in Chicago in 2014 with a thrist-quenching smile…

Star Of Siam

Star Of Siam
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The most popular Thai restuarant in Chicago. Serving fresh, healthy, authentic Thai food for over 30 years. Star of Siam had been participating in Taste Of Chicago since 1984.

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Stella Barra Pizzeria

Stella Barra Pizzeria
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In 2013, Chef Jeff Mahin brought his artisanal pizza concept, Stella Barra, to Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You’s RJ, Jerrod & Molly Melman and Chef Francis Brennan. This marks the third Stella Barra location (others include Hollywood and Santa Monica, CA), serving Mahin’s classic pies on his signature crust. The wine list is comprised of more than 40 bottles, many derived from Southern Italy. Stella Barra also has a hidden vintage brick patio with a fireplace and a 15-foot tree as its centerpiece. Stella Barra is open for dinner daily as well as weekend brunch.

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The Goddess & Grocer

The Goddess & Grocer
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The Goddess & Grocer is the passion of backstage caterer Debbie Sharpe, who settled in Chicago after finishing the Paul McCartney tour at Soldier Field in 1990. She has also catered The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Cure, Justin Timberlake, Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus and hundreds more over 30 years. The Goddess was also the backstage caterer for Lollapalooza in 2013. G&G is a neighborhood store known for prepared entrees, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. It supports local producers and small business owners who practice sustainability and paying it forward. All extra food is given to Zero Percent.

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The Smoke Daddy

The Smoke Daddy
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The Smoke Daddy, celebrating 20 years in 2014, is a must see in one of Chicago’s hottest, and most eclectic neighborhoods. The best and most flavorful BBQ in the Windy City also brings you more character than any neighborhood rib joint has to offer. We smoke all of our meats in house each day. We take great pride in offering live music 7 nights a week at no cost to you. Do yourself a favor and stop in for some of our amazing, world-renowned BBQ and enjoy our funky rhythms, we’ll be waitin’ for ya!

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Tiparos Restaurant

Tiparos Restaurant
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Tiparos has served authentic Thai cuisine for nineteen years, enticing diners with delicious entrees, homemade desserts, and prompt service in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our customers enjoy choosing from a variety of reasonably priced entrees made only from the freshest ingredients. Please come in and join us soon for wonderful food, cozy ambience, and the service that Tiparos Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar can provide you!

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Tuscany

Tuscany
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Located in Little Italy, Tuscany offers an extensive selection of unique entrees, sure to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Besides one-of-a-kind pasta dishes, we specialize in the finest steaks and freshest seafood, as well as daily specials prepared to perfection by our world-renowned chefs. Tuscany is the ideal destination for reveling in the rich virtues of a Tuscan village, even down to the very best wines Italy has to offer.

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Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe

Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe
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Ice Cream HEAVEN is Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe. At its 9th year in Gilberts, IL we offer a different twist when comes to ice cream. We are “Home of the BIG Scoop” because we use the largest scoopers around (5.3oz) which is, by far, larger than any competition. Our gourmet ice cream combined with unique creations offer the crowd at outdoor events something very special. For 5 years, we have had the pleasure of offering our treats at Lollapalooza!

Wow Bao

Wow Bao
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As the first shop of its kind in America, Wow Bao redefines breakfast, lunch and dinner with their signature steamed buns, known as “bao.” Our pan-Asian menu features 8 flavors of bao, in addition to pan-seared potstickers, fresh soups and salads, rice, noodle, and quinoa bowls, lettuce wraps, and homemade ginger ale. In four prime locations within the city, customers can enjoy flavorful and energy packed Asian fare in a casual setting.

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